Ladies Use Running Game to Spark Offense in 6-3 Win
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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CC-ULM Box Score 4-25-07

Ryan Thacker

Kelsey Greeson

Lauren Flowers

Allison Shepperd

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday evening. The Ladies stole five bases in jumpstarting an offense that has struggled of late and came up with a big hit when it was needed most.


Centenary (20-24) fell behind early when Heather Williams launched her 12th homerun of the season for the Warhawks off of starting pitcher Stacy Whitmer in the second inning.


The Ladies offense sputtered out of the gate and was held hitless by Louisiana-Monroe starter Lindsay Rittenhouse, but Rittenhouse was removed from the game after three innings of work.


Centenary wasted no time in scoring off of new ULM pitcher Shanna Swillie (2-5) in the fourth. Allison Shepperd singled up the middle sharply to start the inning and advanced to second on a groundout by Micah Rhodes. She then stole third base on a fake bunt by Brittany Williams. Williams struck out, but Allison McClain kept the rally alive with a walk.


Shepperd and McClain executed a double steal to perfection to make the score 1-1 and Lin Virdell singled to plate McClain and put the Ladies on top for the first time.


Louisiana-Monroe (22-34) used the long ball again in the fifth to chase Whitmer from the game. With two outs, Whitmer issued a free pass to Cary Roussel, the last hitter in the Warhawk lineup. Heather Hanson made Centenary pay for the base on balls with a blast to right field, only her second on the year. With the big swing, Hanson put ULM in the lead at 3-2.


The Ladies did not trail long as they responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Jennifer Martin singled to lead off, Emerald Doria walked, and after a pitching change, Lauren Flowers placed a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases. Shepperd came through with a sacrifice fly to push Martin across and Doria scored a few pitches later on a passed ball, giving Centenary the 4-3 advantage.


Still leading in the sixth, the Maroon and White kept the pressure on the Warhawks. A walk and a single by Haley Bassett put two runners on for Centenary. A pop out made it two outs in the inning and another walk to Doria loaded the bases for Flowers. The junior right-hander came through in the clutch with a double into left center field to score two and give the Ladies room to breathe at 6-3.


Ryan Thacker (6-6) provided one and a third scoreless innings of relief for Centenary in picking up the win. Kelsey Greeson struck out two Warhawks in the seventh to earn her sixth save of the year.


The Ladies return to action on Friday when they host Valparaiso as part of a three-game Mid-Continent Conference series. Game time is set for 6 p.m.